NOW ON About the Artist
(a short video introduction highlighting the artist's career)
Alain Despert was born in Brittany, France in June of 1943. He was educated in Strasbourg. He lived several years in the southern regions of Provence and the Cote díAzur and moved to the island of Bora Bora in 1986.
It was the beauty of the South Pacific that first inspired Despertís creative talent. His bright and colorful paintings of everyday life in French Polynesia soon caught the eye of many, including the editor of Town & Country magazine who was visiting Bora Bora to prepare a story on the island. A photograph of Despert surrounded by his paintings was included in the article. As interest in Alain Despertís work increased, his hobby quickly turned into a full-time profession. He was convinced to move to New York City to pursue his artistís dream.
In 1990, shortly after his arrival in New York, Despert was discovered by the legendary marketing genius from Absolut vodka and included in the famous worldwide advertising campaign. His image of the Absolut bottle floating in the lagoon of Bora Bora appeared in international magazines such as Arts & Antiques and Connoisseur. Alain Despertís paintings have exhibited coast-to-coast in the United States including: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Santa Fe and many other major cities. His work is collected throughout the entire world and his paintings have been selected for prestigious collections along with renowned contemporary artists such as Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jim Dine.
In 2001, after over a decade of painting and exhibiting in the United States and Paris, Alain returned to settle in Bora Bora and once again paint in the tranquility and splendor of the island he so loved. His studio was built high on a hill overlooking the magical blue lagoon and beyond.
After 10 years in Bora Bora, he decided to return to Europe in 2011. Longing for the old european lifestyle, architecture and village life, he found the peferct place - Malta. A beautiful island in the Mediterranean, rich in history, and close to his family. His new studio is located in the capital of Valletta.
Alain Despert is a prolific artist and has covered a wide range of subject matter, from "Cars of the Fifties" to "Dante's Divine Comedy". He is self-taught with a remarkable talent for brilliant color combination and a unique style of flowing lines throughout his paintings. His work is captivating and his unending creative imagination brings energy and life to each canvas. Whether a figurative or an almost abstract painting, an earlier or a more recent work, each creation is distinctively a Despert.